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RATINGS: 1003   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.

Batch 1 - Gold Cap - April 2009
Batch 2 - Gold Cap - July 2009
Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009
Batch 4 - Black Cap - 2010
Batch 5 - Red Cap - 2011

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
Poured black with brown, lacing head. Aroma is mouth watering, with oatmeal, marzipan, molasses, rum, banana, vanilla and coffee jumping out immediately. Dense, heavy, oily body with low carbonation. Diesel oil at its best. Smooth, very well balanced, outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 7, 2010
22 Fl.Oz bottle, courtesy of Balazs, thanks;-)
Poured black, deep ruby with an oily density, small brown head that melt down to a lacing one. Aroma contains rum and liquer, deep roasted character with espresso, coffee. Caramel and some vanilla in the background, spicy bit of oatmeal. Rich texture, oily gravity and thick body. The rater will be hesitating: must this delicious thing drunk or bitten ? Dark chocolate, some chocolate cake, coffee and wooden cask, nice dried fruits like raisins and of course plum. Well rounded taste whit a well hidden alcohol content. Burnt and roasted, long aftertaste. Very good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottled shared with my son guyinchicagojr who brought this home a day or two after his 21st birthday and also will be attending RBSG 2010 with me,I’m training him right, this was one of the best BBA Imperial stouts I have had to date very easy drinking and smooth a little pricey at $18 for a bomber = $9 a glass but hey you only live once so enjoy I know I did

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1379) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Had this recently at a tasting along with the regular version. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head. The smell is way more pronounced than the regular version. Notes of roasted malts, barrel, coffee, and subtle sweetness. The taste is also way different than the regular version with flavors of dark chocolate, the barrel, with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium. The drinkability is good but it is a heavier beer. Maybe this one stands out so much to me since we compared it to the regular version, but I really enjoyed this one. My 2 cents is to skip the non-BA version and go find this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Rich chocolately malt with all the barrel trimmings, the vanilla, whiskey, bold and satisfying, taste of all that complex malt and whiskey flavors, all in great balance,some hints of hop bitterness , in finish,bourbon comes forth a little stronger as it warms,coffee ground becomes noticable,classic barrel aged stout,tasted great ,even on a warm day. Thanks Kingpin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2010
22oz bottle from CBX. Pours a pitch black with very small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Deep roasty aroma with a little sweet vanilla and a bit of booze on it, no doubt fromt he barrels. Flavor of oak/wood and roasted coffee. The consistency of this sits very nicely on the tongue so the flavors stay in your mouth after the sip. Masks the booze rather well. Nothing is over the top about this like most imperial stouts try to be, and I think thats what makes it so good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2010
sample from crown-black pour -dark brown head-aroma and taste of whiskey,chocolate, -sweet smooth finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (7209) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: 3/5 Pitch black liquid, a ring of foam on the edge of the glass. Smell: 8/10 Coffee, dark bread, chocolate. wood, whisky and nuts. Taste: 8/10 Chocolate, coffee, dark bread, wood, whisky and nuts. Mouthfeel: 5/5 Smooth, thick body with a low carbonation. Comment: A very nice beer, very complex and interesting. Well balanced, allot of flavour but none of them takes over. A true pleasure to drink. This is a beer to sit back and sip at. Don’t even try to drink this by the pint or you will get overwhelmed. Probably works best on it’s own or together with a chocolate cake. Comparing it to the normal version I rate them very similarly. The normal version gets a very small edge because of the nicer foam. I reckon if I where to try this beer again and try the two versions against each other the tables might turn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2010
These days, there are many barrel aged imperial stouts and this is one of them. The color is black, the head brown, finely bubbled and small. Big boozy raisin nose w/ a slight edge of my favorite thing in a bourbon aged beer--coconut. It is subtle but there although this stout does veer more towards roasted flavors and mild vinous acidity than the deep, dark chocolate flavors it plays best off of. Fine carbonation cuts sticky sweetness while allowing the beer to still feel full and rich on the tongue. (The mouthfeel, I think, is the best part of this beer.) In the finish, a firm but slightly medicinal bitterness plays off of a dark fruit richness for a thoroughly well balanced albeit enjoyably sweet beer. You know, maybe there aren’t too many huge barrel aged stouts...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Pours an opaque deep black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roast, some mint, coconut, and some bourbon. Flavor is caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toast, chocolate, and a sweet bourbon finish.

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